Alvaro Fernandez is set to embark on a loan journey to Benfica, with Fabrizio Romano providing a comprehensive breakdown of the transfer details.
The January transfer window at Manchester United has witnessed significant changes under the stewardship of new part-owners, INEOS, as they seek to reshape the club’s future.
Given the absence of Champions League football, player departures were anticipated. Notable names like Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho have already ventured out on loan, and now Alvaro Fernandez follows suit.
Amidst swirling speculations about Fernandez’s future, it has been confirmed that he will join SL Benfica in Portugal.
Romano sheds light on the transfer specifics, revealing that Benfica holds an option to buy for a modest £5.5 million fee.
The deal’s permanency hinges on Fernandez’s participation in over 50% of Benfica’s games as a starter.
Manchester United retains a buy-back clause, along with matching rights and a sell-on clause, in case Fernandez pursues another move following his stint with Benfica.
The mentioned transfer fees appear surprisingly low given Fernandez’s immense talent and potential. Despite Tyrell Malacia’s recurring injuries this season, Fernandez’s path into the starting lineup didn’t materialize.
Luke Shaw, a formidable competitor, may have contributed to the decision, although his injury history could have provided an opportunity for the promising Spanish left-back.
The absence of Fernandez from the playing field raises questions about Erik ten Hag’s assessment of the player, a sentiment reinforced by Sergio Reguilon’s loan move before the year’s end.
The lack of an opportunity for Fernandez to showcase his abilities is disappointing, considering his potential impact.